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Geographica Timisiensis, vol. 21, nr. 1, 2012 (pp.

103-119)

THE IMPORTANCE OF ION CONEA IN THE RESEARCH OF ELEMENTS OF CARPATHIAN GEOGRAPHY IN THE OLD HISTORIC AND CARTHOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTS
Ctlina CRSTEA
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Geography, Blvd. N. Blcescu, No 1, Bucharest, Romania, e-mail: catalina.carstea@gmail.com

Abstract. The interwar period represented a favorable framework for the development of Romanian cultural and academic life, as well as for the development of certain borderline sciences, such as historical geography. In this landscape, Ion Conea remarked himself as one of those geographers who actually got involved in the analysis of historic and cartographic documents from the ancient times until 1800. This study aims both at presenting Ion Coneas contribution to the field of historical geography, and at the critical analysis of the methodology used, theories and hypotheses advanced by him. Ion Coneas most controversial hypotheses are brought to the foreground, namely the assumptions connected with the series of works: Geographical Corrections in the History of Romanians. These theories shall be balanced both against the research studies current at that time, as well as against subsequent research studies. Rezumat: Perioada interbelic a reprezentat un cadru favorabil pentru dezvoltarea vieii culturale i academice romneti, precum i pentru dezvoltarea tiinelor de grani cum ar fi geografia istoric. n acest peisaj, Ion Conea sa remarcat ca unul dintre marii geografi, implicai n analiza documentelor istorice i cartografice din cele mai vechi timpuri pn n anul 1800. Acest studiu are ca scop att prezentarea lui Ion Conea, contribuia sa n domeniul geografiei istorice, ct i analiza critic a metodologiei utilizate, teorii i ipoteze avansate de acest mare geograf. Ipotezele cele mai controversate lansate de Ion Conea sunt aduse n prim-plan, i anume cele legate de seria de lucrri: "Corectarea geografice n istoria romnilor". Aceste teorii trebuie s fie privite att n raport cu studiile de cercetare curente la acel moment, precum i fa de studiile de cercetare ulterioare. Keywords: historical geography, geography of the Carpathian Mountains, toponymy. Cuvinte cheie: geografie istoric, geografia Carpailor Romneti, toponimie.

1. INTRODUCTION
For a long time, the discussions on the ancient cartographic documents, historical maps and archaeological sources and on their role in the geographical analysis have been a much debated topic; major contributions were made to this subject matter, by both geographers, and historians. The first concerns in this field were recorded as early as the beginning of the 20th century, through a series of articles, communications, notes and memoranda published by historians V. A. Ureche, Gr. Tocilescu, G. Ionescu Gion and Al. Odobescu in The Buletinul Societii Romne Regale de Geografie (BSSRG). The

104 The importance of Ion Conea in the research of the elements of Carpathian.... following period is remarkable due to a much more extensive involvement of geographers, as well as to the diversification of debated issues. From all the approached issues, the following are to be noted: the matters related to Romanias territorial unity, Romanias territorial limit, the evolution of the Romanian people and its continuity in the space delimited by the Carpathians, the Danube and the Black Sea. These matters were completed by punctual issues related to certain events and historical places with a vague or imprecise location, such as the sacred mountain of the Dacians, Kogaion, or the tribe of Caucoensioi. Due to the fact that both geographers and historians dealt with these issues, a series of debates occurred as the number of oppositions and controversies was quite large. Professor Ion Conea has an important role in the evolution of these debates, and the hypotheses advanced by him were controversial and attracted criticism from the historians of that time. Regardless of the criticism made and of the validity of his theories, our attention is drawn to the way in which he understood the relationship between toponymy, history and geography, because it allows the joining of certain fields of study which are largely complementary in the form of historical geography.

2. FROM TOPONYMY TO HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY 2.1 The role of toponyms in the description of the mountain landscape, principles and theories
Speaking about the toponymy in the mountain zone, Ion Conea made a classical analysis of place names, also discussing their historical function. His studies on the geography of the Carpathian Mountains deal with a series of issues such as: the formation method of the network of toponyms as compared to historical documents and the concordance between toponymy and territorial reality, i.e. the reality illustrated in old cartographic documents and historical sources. Toponymy is, thus, gradually placed into the service of historical geography, having the role of supporting certain theories or historical facts. Starting from various relatively insignificant toponymy issues, such as the names of places, Ion Conea easily continues with much more complex issues, such as the issues related to the regional and national historical geography. One of the most debated methodological aspects relates to the connections among toponymy, geography and history. A good instance in this respect is the work ara Lovitei. Studiu de geografie istoric1, his first wide-scoped work, for which, as suggested by Ion Simionescu, he was awarded the Gh. Lazr prize by the Romanian Academy. This study is not only a vast work resulting from the research of documents and historical maps; it is also a fundamental work on historical geography and toponymy, in which the linguistic and cartographic historical analyses work together perfectly in order to support and validate the hypotheses formulated by him. Its purpose is to demonstrate the way in which certain historical events can be reconstituted by means of a close study of toponymy and old maps. In their turn, these historical events can influence a series of social phenomena which create various geographical landscapes. Here, the author refers to: the extension of certain social phenomena such as village feasts (nedei), the evolution of the agro-pastoral landscape
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Conea, I,. ara Lovitei. Studiu de geografie istoric his doctoral dissertation, published in its entirety in Buletinul Societii Regale Romne de Geografie in 1935.

Ctlina CRSTEA 105 from the mountain area and from the plai area (an almost flat region of a mountain or a hill, covered in pastures), the territorial evolution of the lands (ri) (Lovitea Land, Vrancea Land, etc.), the spreading of settlements in the Middle Ages, the expansion of a population in a certain territory, the migration flows, the character of a region from a geomorphological or biogeographical perspective (we refer here to the 1935 study of chestnuts from Oltenia), etc. Reverting to the theoretical stand taken by the author in relation to this issue, a note should be made with respect to the establishment of a series of criteria and principles regarding the origin, age and historical development of toponymy in order to make a classification of place names. Although these principles and criteria have been issued for almost half a century, they are still useful. The proof of their usefulness is represented by the numerous citations made not only by geographers, but also by sociologists and linguists in the studies of this type as well as in other works. For instance, the monitoring of citations, references and bibliography used by geographers, both in the articles published in 7 Romanian specialized magazines in the period comprised between 1921 and 2010 and in various studies, revealed that the study published in 1960 in the Monografia geografic a R.P.R, Toponimia. Aspectele ei geografice, was mentioned at least 17 times. It is interesting that, when the author formulated these principles, he used almost entirely arguments from the Carpathian area in order to demonstrate their validity. We could draw the conclusion that such principles are applicable only to the mountain area; however, their general character was demonstrated in time. The use of the arguments referring to the Carpathina space, particularly to the space of Oltenia (1/3 of the studies dedicated to the Carpathian Mountains relate to the Mountains of Oltenia), can be placed on account of the fact that the author had an inclination towards this space. Going beyond this preference, his observations connected with the role played by the Carpathians in the development of the Romanian people should not be overlooked, as Conea was a different type of adept of the quotation from the ancient Roman historian Florus, daci inhaerent montibus es.2 The first principle formulated in the 30s is the principle of human value and of the impression made by geographical forms and phenomena. This principle refers to the fact that the oldest toponyms are represented by the most spectacular geographical forms or phenomena which, by their size and, generally, by their aspect, made the strongest impression on people, as in the case of the Cozia mountain or which presented a particular economic value in peoples lives3, the mountains regarded as animal breeding places. Using the same principle, the provenience of the name Gugu (for the maximum altitude from the Godeanu Mountains, 2290 m) from Kogaion can be explained, although in 1938 Ion Conea resorting to the same method questioned the existence of the possibility that the sacred mountain of the Dacians is Cozia. He followed the relation Cogaeonum Caucasus Cozia, but he did not insist on this assumption. For this reason, he temporarily reverts to the first hypothesis, since the derivation of the Gugu peak from

The quotation from Florus, daci inhaerent montibus es, is one of Ion Coneas favorite quotations, the professor referring to it in almost all his studies meant to bring new evidence to demonstrate the continuity of the Romanian people. 3 Conea I., Concluzii istorice n lumina unor toponime din ara Haegului, Lucrrile Simpozionului de toponimie, 1972, p. 32.

106 The importance of Ion Conea in the research of the elements of Carpathian.... Cogaion4 seemed to be more plausible than the second variant. Geographical arguments added to this: the spatial closeness of this mountain to ara Haegului and to Ortie Mountains, the cradle of the Dacian civilization and the imposing image of this peak.5 Extrapolating this principle and correlating it to popular toponymy, professor Conea formulated another principle in the 60s: phenomena (such as the mountain) are perceived, judged and defined according to their value of impression and, particularly, according to their value of use, the value on which depended the life, the existence of people bound to certain places, with which such people identified themselves, after millennia.6 This principle is extremely important for explaining the dualism of certain terms, including the term of land, (ar). Ion Conea defines this term both in scientific terms the land as a political formation, and in terms of popular etymology the land as a food procuring place. Starting from this incongruity, he questions the accuracy in geographical terms of the names of lands given to Vrancea Land and Lovitea Land; Conea wonders whether may be the case that we should keep this name only from a historical perspective. Nedelcu Constantin, 1970, mentions in his doctoral dissertation, Depresiunea Lovitea-Lotru. Studiu de geografie economic, a discussion that he had with Conea in relation to this topic; in this discussion, Conea said that he made a mistake when he called the respective region land, (ar) and that, for geographers, only the name of depression should remain and we should let only the historians continue using the name of land, (ar) for this intra-Carpathian area. The most eloquent example for using Depresiunea Lovitei is that the people from Lovitea have never called their region land, but they -like the other people from Muntenia- named land the region beyond the Cozia Mountains towards south or those beyond Turnu Rou Boia, towards north. The doubt expressed by Conea can be explained only by his permanent concern to research certain toponyms and to find their true meaning in order to crystallize an explanation, based on our own value judgments 7 The third principle formulated by professor Conea indicates the fact that Romanian toponymy studies should consider as established the fact that some geographical names with a very new aspect, identical to the appellatives that formed their basis, can be as old as
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Linguists do not accept the derivation of Gugu from Kogaion. Conea will subsequently give up both variants, acknowledging in a letter dated 1958, addressed to G.T. Kirileanu that neither variant relies on any concrete evidence: some 20 years ago, we wrote, me and prof. Borza, that Cogheon or Kogaionon mountain would have been the current Gugu mountain from the arcu-Retezatul massif. We had considered-at least as far as I am concerned-the phonetic resemblance between the names of Kogaionon sau Cogheon, on the one hand, and the name of Gugu, on the other hand. I have long given up this theory-which relied on no solid grounds, but only on enthusiasm. I do not know any place or point on Gugu, in front of a cave, that is called Mtania, which would convey until us, to this day, the aforetime cult of this mountain. Nothing can be true. I can also tell you that in one of my works, I do not know which, I had also expressed my opinion (in one or two words) that the Dacians mountain would have been the current Cozia mountain, dominating Valea Oltului upstream from Climneti Cciulata. But, like in the case of Gugu, it was only an impression. Today one thing is certain: that Kogaionon can only be in the Sebe mountains, that is where Decebals Sarmisegethusa was. A cave from that Kogaionon mountain was the residence of Deceneu (and, before him, of Zamolxe himself). Or, if Deceneu lived there, then he as the kings advisor, consulted by the king at all times could not have resided far from the place where the king himself resided- that is he must have had his dwelling place near Sarmisegethusa, the citadel dominated today by two mountains: the current Muncelul and Godeanul. C. Daicovici believes that Kogaionon would have beenthe current Muncelul. But, of course, all could be but a suspicion, hypothesis, as long as there is or they found no inscription or something else which can give us the precision and certainty. 6 Badea, L., Professor Ion Conea and the north Oltenia Mountains, Geographical Forum, no. 1, 2002, pg. 7. 7 Popa, N., Tipologia aezrilor rurale din ara Haegului, doctoral dissertation, 1998, p. 57.

Ctlina CRSTEA 107 the respective appellatives8. Professor Conea refers here to the toponyms originating in the Latin and pre-Roman fund, such as (mountain, river, fountain, ford, valley, cauldron, lake, pond). This principle was formulated in 1932, as a response to the opinion of linguists, who considered that once a word becomes a proper name, it loses its semantic content; in other words, the oldest toponyms are based on appellatives which are no longer used by people.9 The professor brings as an argument the toponym of Lovitea, which in the speech of the local population- meant a hole, a hollowgroapa, adncitur, and existed in the respective region as early as the foundation of ara Romneasc.. The result of this observation is the following: this name should not be considered an official name, coming from the States Slavic chancellery of that time and imposed by administrative bodies to a population who did not understand the meaning of lovite; at first, it was a living word in the language of local population, and the officials only adopted it.10 However, we do not exclude the hypothesis according to which the term of lovite comes from the Slavic language and would designate an enclosure (ngraditura) or a hunting place (loc de vnatoare), a place with a lot of game and, especially, with a lot of fish (loc cu mult vnat i mai ales cu mult pete). In addition to these proposed hypotheses, the term of lovite has several valences, signifying: hit (lovitur lov), catch, grab (a prinde, a apuca- loviti), luck, happy coincidence (noroc, coinciden fericit loava). The specialty literature pleads for the meanings of hole, hollow (groap, adncitur) or enclosure, hunting place (ngrditur, loc de vntoare), which were also proposed by Ion Conea. For instance, Diana Boc Snmrghian, 2008, in the study Toponimia vilor Bistra i Sebe. Glosar II, proposes for the term of lvite the meaning of hunting terrain, fishing place (teren de vntoare, loc de pescuit), while Simona Mihilescu, 2010, opines that the most circulated variant in the specialty literature is that of hole, hollow (groap, adncitur), while the sense of hole or hollow describes the general condition of the region, i.e. a depression surrounded and enclosed by mountain massifs. Reverting to the principle formulated by Ion Conea, it can be noted that such principle is quite difficult to support scientifically, because its application requires evidence/documentary attestations certifying the existence of the respective toponym, originating from a Pre-roman or Latin appellative, given that the first attestations of the Romanian language do not go beyond the 9th century a.d., while the Slavonic language, which was the language used in the chancellery for centuries on end, had a significant contribution to the modification of the existing toponymic cover 11. Another criterion imposed by Conea in 1936 would be that the richness of toponymy is directly proportional to viability i.e. with the richness of human life going on in the region and reversely proportional to the richness of the forms of relief.12 The professors argument is the popular toponymy from the area of Retezat: here, the zone of custuri (a series of narrow jagged peaks, like chain saw teeth) has numerous forms of the alpine glacial relief, but shepherds are not attracted by them. Consequently, it has a poor toponymy, and the forms of relief are simply called custuri by locals, while the zone of plaiuri, where shepherds are taking their herds to graze, has a much richer toponymy.
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Conea I., ara Haegului geografie, toponimie i istorie, Natura, vol XX, nr. 3, 1968. Nicolae,I., Toponimie Geografic, Editura Meronia, 2006, p. 59. 10 Conea, I., Profile toponimice prin Carpaii Meridionali, Probleme de geografie, vol. VII., 1955, p. 149. 11 Nicolae,I., Toponimie Geografic, Editura Meronia, 2006, p. 59. 12 Conea I., Din geografia istoric i uman a Carpailor. Nedei pastori si nume de munti, 1937, p. 107.

108 The importance of Ion Conea in the research of the elements of Carpathian.... Starting from the spread of toponyms in the geographical space, professor Conea developed the criterion of the territorial grouping of toponyms and of their repeated occurrence in other geographical regions. This criterion justifies the way in which the identical repeating of a toponym or of similar toponyms (derived from the basic toponym) in different regions can indicate movements of the population from one region to another; within the same area. Such repeating can designate the spreading area of a geographical phenomenon, form or object. In this way, we can mention the toponym Nedeia; Ion Conea dedicated a series of studies to this toponym, including the 1936 study entitled Din geografia istoric i uman a Carpailor. Nedei pastori si nume de munti, and the 1957 study Vechile trguri-nedei de pe culmile Carpailor. The latter study presents a map of the former fairs nedei, based on the information obtained from the historical and cartographical documents dating from the period comprised between the Middle Ages and 1860. In his research, professor Conea managed to identify four areas where nedei used to be held in the past: the Apuseni mountains, the mountains around the Haeg Land, the Oltenia mountains (a name given by him) and the area around Rodna mountains, as well as a series of sites located in the area outside the Carpathians, as a resultant of the transhumance that led to the spreading of this toponym. His studies indicate that the space where most nedei were held is the orographic node from the South-West of the country, respectively in those mountains near the border: Banat, Oltenia and Haeg. Professor Conea indicated 5 mountains bearing the name of Nedeia only around the Haeg depression (Nedeia Borscului, Buza Nedeii, Nedeia Galbenului, Nedeia Petreanului, Nedeia Prisloapelor) and a series of other mountains where nedei were held in the past, which no longer bear this name. The high frequency of such mountains is explained by the fact that such area was one of the oldest humanized spaces; an intense movement existed on both sides of the mountains since historical times. The relief is quite fragmented, and there are many gorges. Numerous erosion platforms that are extremely flat are present. Reversing these arguments, Conea concludes that all the mountains having the name of Nedeia or related to this phenomenon should have a flat shape in the higher part, in order to facilitate the occurrence of a fair. These principles are not listed at random; on the contrary, they are essential for a better understanding of the manner used by the professor to support his theories of historical geography, and they form the basis for such theories.

2.2 Ion Conea and establishment of the canons of historical geography


In the beginning, Ion Coneas conception about historical geography was empirical and did not differ from his mentors conception: it was the science of restoring the relations between the human being and nature in various historical stages13. Continuing the series of concerns in this field, Ion Conea creates a new vision: historical geography involves the explanation of the role of geographical factors in the history of a people, therefore a study of historical geography, is, after all, a study of paleoanthropogeography14. His new conception on historical geography was strongly influenced by foreign geographers and historians: Fr. Ratzel, Carl Ritter, Ernest Granger, Jacques Bainville, Hugo Hassinger, Lucien Febvre, P.Vidal de la Blache and Jean Brunhes. Starting from the hypothesis of
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Reminding here of the works of: Simion Mehedini, Dacia Pontica si Dacia Carpatica, 1928, C. Brtescu Dacia si Moesia, 1923 and G. Vlsan.. 14 Conea I., ara Lovitei. Studiu de geografie istoric,1935, pg. 27.

Ctlina CRSTEA 109 Jacques Bainville, who considered that geography is a natural and necessary complement for history15, and that this type of history is both history, and geography, Conea concludes that geography, in its turn, is often looking for support in historical facts and information...in this way, it means that geography and history are intimately intertwined, so intimately that we cannot distinguish sometimes how much is history and how much is geography in a study.16 Furthermore, he says: in other words, we reached a point where we ask from geography more than we have asked until now in order to decode the historical past. History ... is intended to be more social and more geographical, in a word17; put this way, historical geography is a retrospective human geography. 18 Not only does professor Conea define historical geography, but he is also setting the methodological bases for this science, establishing its working methods. Within these working methods, toponymy plays a central role, because old toponymy represents the condensed history of the respective region. His method for solving geographical problems based on the analysis of toponymy is taken over also by other younger or contemporaneous geographers and historians, such as Ion Donat19. Linguists also acknowledge this method, Al. Graur being one of its supporters. Feeling the need to trace a set of clear directions regarding the studies of historical geography, Conea briefly presents in his article Prin geografia uman la o nou concepie a geografiei istorice the manner in which historical geography studies should be conducted, incorporating all the methodological issues from previous studies. The proposed methodological steps are especially referring to a highly used method, namely the cabinet analysis implying the consultation of: contemporaneous maps, historical documents, iconographical materials, stamps, old descriptions of landscapes, etc. For the professor, however, cabinet analysis is only a fragment of the entire methodological approach. At that time, Ion Conea revolutionized these analysis methods, correlating the information obtained from the cabinet analysis with a thorough research and knowledge of the region from a physical and geographical perspective, thus introducing field analysis. Conea will, however, resort to methods considered unconventional by some people, such as the analysis of local folklore. The assumption from which he is starting is that a major event will always be imprinted in the collective memory, by means of toponymy or by means of local songs, legends or stories. The originality of the proposed methodology also consists in the ad literam insertion in the text of the stories gathered from locals and of the exact quotations, which quotations are harmoniously combined with the rest of the study, and which represent an adaptation of the means to the purpose. This characteristic gradually becomes a sort of personal imprint, denoting a high degree of experience and erudition. Based on these methods, professor Conea managed to recompose certain landscapes from the past and even to locate certain historical places or places where certain historical
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lhistoire trouve son complment naturel et ncessaire dans la gographie (Jacques Bainville). Conea I., Prin geografia uman la o nou concepie a geografiei istorice, 1938, pg.202. 17 Conea I., Prin geografia uman la o nou concepie a geografiei istorice, 1938, pg.202. 18 Conea I., Prin geografia uman la o nou concepie a geografiei istorice, 1938,pg.207. the current aspect of a humanized landscape is but the end of an ongoing process, a link in a chain which comes from behind and will continue forward it means that, in order to explain the current aspect, we shall have to necessarily resort to links from the past ... to make a sort of retrospective human geography which is none other than historical geography. 19 Ion Donat (1909 - 1988) was a Romanian historian who studied the Middle Ages, a specialist in historical geography and toponymy.

110 The importance of Ion Conea in the research of the elements of Carpathian.... events mentioned in very old documents took place, although their space location is quite vague or indefinite. Returning to the clarifying role of Ion Coneas conception about historical geography, emphasis should be placed on the fact that he contradicts a part of the assumptions made by Nicolae Iorga with regard to the history of the Romanian people. His deviation from the canons imposed by Iorga attracted the disapproval of some historians; in some cases, the invalidity of his hypotheses was even proven, as in the case of Celei from Gorj. However, a series of works remain from him, which at that time - revolutionized interwar and postwar Romanian culture.

3. GEOGRAPHICAL CORRECTIONS IN THE HISTORY OF THE ROMANIANS, HYPOTHESES AND CONTROVERSIES


Ion Coneas approach to historical geography is obviously a critical approach, starting from geography to history. Although deeply impressed by historians activity, the professor is completely disappointed with the fact that historians did not take into consideration geographical elements as well. In his attempt to bring geography closer to history, the professor is focusing on a method to find a correlation between historical reports in Romanias physical geography. His quest to find these answers and correlations can be also justified by his closeness to the history department within the Bucharest University. Coneas conceptions might have been shaped from the very years when he was just an assistant, serving equally the department led by Simion Mehedini, and Iorgas department, which was rather unusual. More surprising is the fact that, in 1942, we find Ion Conea as an assistant within the history department headed by Gh. I. Brtianu, while -in 1944- he was a member of the Comitetul de Iniiativ pentru Sparea Cetilor Dace din Munii Sebeului, alongside historians such as Gh. I. Brtianu and C. Daicoviciu. There are certainly no further traces of doubt related to the strong rapprochement between Conea and historians, as well as to his acceptance by such historians as one of them. This is the concrete justification for his orientation towards historical geography studies, as well as for his desire for a wide-scoped work connected with the history of Romanians, which work was never published.20 Fragments from this project were materialized in two more comprehensive works: Corectri geografice n istoria romnilor with the subtitle I. Pe Olt, n Oltenia, dated 1938 and Geografie i istorie romneasc from 1944 which includes a series of 10 articles. Many of these articles had already been published in BSRRG or Rnduiala. A series of articles in the form of corrections (as in the volume published in 1938) were added to the abovementioned series; after 1950, Conea published several articles as geographical interpretations in the history of the Romanian people (interpretri geografice n istoria poporului roman) or contributions in the history of the Romanian people (contribuii n istoria poporului roman). In the case of the latter, we can mention: Interpretri geografice n istoria poporului romn. n ce condiii a aprut i ce a nsemnat la origine, numele ara Romneasc, (1963), Interpretri geografice n istoria poporului romn: cu privire la teritoriul nucleu de formare a poporului romn,

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According to his nephews statements, Conea would have liked to write an ample work connected with the history of the Romanian people; however, he abandoned this project after 1950, and left a series of articles, notes and communications instead.

Ctlina CRSTEA 111 (1967), Contribuii la problema rolului jucat de la Valea Dunrii n istoria poporului romn, (1968). From the series of corrections, interpretations or contributions, the corrections aroused -at their time- the most numerous polemics, because they dealt with different issues related to the Carpathian space, which have not been solved to this date, i.e.: the setting of the limit of the first political border on the crest of Oltenias Mountains (1520), the location of Mons Caucaus, the setting of the location of Caucalandensisi locus, who were the Caucoensioi (Dacians), the identification of the Boutae pass of Iordanes, the identification of the place where the Posada battle took place, the identification of the former road from Valea Oltului, the setting of the territorial and ethnical origin of Basarabi from Arge, and the localization of Celei from the Diploma of the Joannites (Dimploma Ioaniilor). The subject of Corrections deals with various problems relating to the Carpathian space; the solution for some of these problems remains unknown to this day: the establishment of the limit of the first political border on the peak of the Oltenia Mountains (1520), the localization of Mons Caucaus, the establishment of the location of Caucalandensisi locus, who were the Caucoensioi (Dacians), the identification of the Boutae gorge of Iordanes, the identification of the place where the Posada battle took place, the identification of the old road on the valley of the River Olt, the establishment of the territorial and ethnical origin of Basarabii de Arge and the localization of Celei from the Diploma of the Joannites.

3.1. The old border on the peak of Oltenia Mountains


The issue related to the establishment of the limit of the political border on the peak of Oltenia Mountains is debated by Conea in two works: once in the ara Lovitei. Studiu de geografie istoric, when he sets the territorial limits, and again in the Cel dinti hotar politic pe creasta Muntilor Olteniei (1520). Prima lui transpunere cartografica (1720).The delimitation made by Ion Conea was challenged at that time by historian V. Mihondrea, who makes a review on The ara Lovitei. Studiu de geografie istoric,, concluding that the interpretations made on the basis of the above documents21 are of course erroneous. The arguments brought by Mr. Conea in The ara Lovitei, with a platonic, stable, labile and real border are not true. His response to this review is harsh and brief, since the critic had created a quotation from words spread throughout the work.22 According to Coneas theory, the existence of this border is related to the restriction of the grazing space, due to the increase in the number of inhabitants in an area that it used to be a kind of no mans land, crossed by shepherds with no impediments from one side to the other of the Carpathian mountains. The lack of the grazing spaces and of certain documents, demonstrating who the landlords of such spaces were, caused at the time numerous confrontations between the shepherds from Muntenia (pstorii munteni) and the shepherds from Ardeal (pstorii ungureni). For this reason, in 1520, the officials of ara Romneasc meet the officials of the Magyar Kingdom and they establish a border to reduce the quarrels between shepherds. The issue related to this first political border prim hotar politic, as Ion Conea put it, is quite important, because it oscillated from one side to the other of certain peaks,
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These are the documents notifying a rectification of the border in the Northern part of Oltenia around mid 18th century. 22 Conea I., Rspunsla un fel de recenzie, BSRG, vol. LIV, 1935, pg.304-305

112 The importance of Ion Conea in the research of the elements of Carpathian.... always favoring, however, the shepherds from Ardeal. Analyzing the documents dated around 1520 which he correlated to the map drawn by Fr. Schwanz in 1723 and to Hurmuzakis Harta Olteniei, the professor concludes hat the border limit was, theoretically, favoring the shepherds from Muntenia, while the shepherds from Ardeal had moved the border in their favor in time. This theory on the oscillation of this border from one side to the other of the Carpathians crest is extremely plausible, as Conea supported his opinion by numerous historical documents dated: 1233, 1265, 1311, 1394, 1415, 1505, 1520, 1723, which also indicate a very detailed research. Also, through the frequent modification of this delimitation line, Conea demonstrated that, for the people living there, the border was becoming purely theoretical, as flocks slightly oscillated anyway from one side to the other of the poorly protected border. This theory also justifies the appearance of the double villages, of ungureni and munteni from the Carpathians feet.

3.2. Caucalandensisi locus between the ara Lovitei (Lovitea Land) and Buzu
The situation grows even more complicated in the geo-historical identifications from old Dacia, here referring to Mons Caucaus, Caucalandensisi locus and Caucoensioi (Dacians). In their case, any formulated hypothesis has a certain degree of plausibility, because original information is too little, and leaves room for interpretations. Mons Caucasus is recorded for the first time by a Roman soldier worshipping Dianas nymphs (matroanele Afane) in an inscription: Mons Caucasus Matroni Anfanibus, Caius Iulius Maesuetas, miles legionis primae Minerviae, piae felicis, votum solvit lubensmento. Fecit voto facto ad Alutum flumen secus montem Caucasi. Starting from the indication in the inscription, Conea concluded that the respective mountains are the Cozia Mountains, after an entire argumentation whether the name was applied to a single mountain or to the entire Carpathian chain. To solve this problem, the professor supported his hypothesis with geographical arguments, using the principle of human value and the principle of the impression made by geographical forms and phenomena. He concluded that the mountain from the inscription should be found near the Olt River; due to its construction and to the fact that it was the most distinct orographic unit on the valley of the Olt River, the Cozia Mountain must have impressed the Roman soldier23. Conea also brought toponymic arguments: the existence of a possible confusion/assimilation - contamination between Cozia and Caucasus. Although historians do not support this contamination, they agreed - however - on the fact that Mons Caucasus meant mountain at its origin, but they do not decide whether the name was applied to a single mountain or to the entire Carpathian chain. Most of them claim that it had to be applied to the entire mountain unit, because cauc generally meant mountain (munte) in the past, and did not define a certain mountain area. Other historians, such as Gh. I. Brtianu, N. Densuianu, Dinu C. Giurescu, connected the existence of these mountains to the land of Caucoensioi; therefore, the purpose of this name was to define a more restricted area. Starting from the idea that Mons Caucaus are the Cozia Mountains, professor Conea considered that the Caucalandensisi locus mentioned by Ammian Marcellin as the place where the Visigoths withdrew as the Huns advanced can only be the Lovitea Land, more
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Three years ago, ... I wasnt thinking that we would ever invoke the name and imposing figure of Cozia in its hypostasis as a decisive argument for the Dacian-Roman continuity from the Northern region of the Danube

Ctlina CRSTEA 113 precisely the ieti field, as it was the place that best fit the described geographical conditions: a forested place concealed among high mountains. Toponymic arguments related to the similitude between the meaning of the Lovitea Land - the land of big game (ara vnatului) and the meaning of Caucalandis the country rich (in big game) in goats (inutul cel bogat (vnat) n capre). 24 This immediately led to the statement that the Caucoensioi (Dacians) must be connected with Caucaland and Caucasus. Consequently, they can only be the people from the Lovitea Land. Historians did not agree with this theory, although some of them acknowledge that its hypotheses can be plausible. In fact, a part of them locate Caucalandensisi locus in Transylvania (Transylvania - a high place - Hochland). However, Al. Odobescu considered that it should be located rather in the hills of Istria, while C.C. Giurescu (1973), Dinculescu, N. Densuianu, Dr. At. Marienescu (1891) started from the assumption that such place should be connected with the Buzu Land and that it should be located somewhere near the current village of Pietroasa, bringing archaeological evidence (i.e. the Treasure from Pietroasele) as an argument. V. Prvan and C. Daicoviciu considered that the Dacian tribe of Caucoensi, mentioned by geographer Ptolemy, should be located somewhere in the mountain region from Neam or Bacu. Nonetheless, C. Brtescu started from another assumption, considering that Caucalandensisi locus was somewhere in Transylvania, most probably in the county of the Trnava Rivers. The new assumption, recently launched by historian Alexandru Madgearu, set this county somewhere near the table-land of the Trnava Rivers, somewhere close to the locality Valea Stramb. 25 The debates related to the tribe of Caucoensi and Caucalandensis can go on endlessly. It is, however, certain that Coneas theories have a weakness: the three listed corrections start from identifying the Caucasus Mountain as Cozia, while the name of Cozia comes from the Slavic term koza meaning goat (capr). The specialized literature considers, however, that the name of Cozia comes from the Pecheneg-cuman word koz which means nut (nuc)26. This variant is also explained by the fact that the Cozia Monastery was erected on the place called Nucet 27; in the past, it was also called The Monastery from Nucet (Mnstirea de la Nucet), the name of Cozia being a translation of the name of Nucet. There is also a third variant which is not excluded either, i.e. that Cozia comes from the Cuman word coza which means fire (foc); this hypothesis is the least probable, since it has no correspondence to the geographical reality or to the historical writings. Except for the theories regarding the origin of the name of Cozia, historical documents show us in a concrete manner, nowadays, that the Slavs arrive only in the 6th century on the Romanian territory; therefore, the name of Cozia is not so old, if it has a Slavic origin28 and, consequently, this name does not exist since the pre-Roman or Roman period, as Conea implied. The entire theory related to the Caucoensioi (Dacians), Caucaland and Caucasus Mons is, thus, annulled, because the

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Caucaland - Cauca = Caucasus = Cozia = goat; land = country, the result is Caucalandis the country rich (in big game) in goats. 25 Madgearu, Alexandr , Istoria Militar a Daciei Post Romane 275-376. Cetatea de Scaun., 2008, p. 82. 26 Conea also refers to the hypothesis that the toponym Cozia might derive from koz nut (nuc), but renounces it, preferring the hypothesis advancing koza goat (capr). 27 The area was called Nucet in light of the fact that it was propitious for growing nut trees. 28 When Ion Conea stated these theories, no one knew for sure the period in which the Slavs reached the Romanian territory.

114 The importance of Ion Conea in the research of the elements of Carpathian.... premise on which it is based is erroneous. The most plausible and circulated theory remains the location of Caucaland near Pietroasele, due to the existence of the treasure, although that location does not meet all the geographical conditions from the historical documents.

3.3. Per Boutas and Posada in the Oltenia Mountains?


Historians of the time considered the Boutae gorge of Iordanes could not be identified. This gorge was the next issue that drew the professors attention. Using only toponymic arguments, Conea considered that Per Boutas meant at Boia29, and Boia meant a place where a battle was fought (loc unde s-a dat o lupt). In order to consolidate his statements, the professor started from the assumption that, in the second Dacian war, Trajan managed to defeat Decebalus by entering Dacia on the Valley of the Olt River, on the old road going through Cineni and not on the valley road.30 The arguments he used are closely connected with the physiognomy of the mountains from that region: at that time, the Olt couloir could not be conquered by Romans31; from this reason, it would have been impossible for Romans to use it, the extremely smooth plai road would have allowed a fast movement and it was certainly known by Romans from their previous campaign, because it was an important and traveled road in that time; the numerous Roman fortresses are evidence for this fact. Historians believe that the Roman army went through Por ile de Fier ale Transilvaniei and then through the Turnu Rou or Vlcan passes. Currently, this theory is widely accepted in the specialized literature. Another issue that gave rise to quite numerous debates was the location of the battle of 1330, represented in Chronicon Pictum, the battle which is known to us as the battle from Posada. The first to state a theory related to the location of the Posada battle was P. Dragalina, in 1899, who considered that the battle was waged in Cheile Crainei, somewhere between Orova and Mehadia. Constantin Rezachevici took over this theory, arguing by the fact that the respective road represented an old road also called the salt road (drumul srii), which represented the ordinary connection between Hungary and ara Romneasc; as a matter of act, this was the road used by Carol Robert de Anjou and his army. Therefore, the Hungarian king would have been entitled to choose for his return a path that he had used to enter the country and that he knew best. Nicolae Iorga, 1929, located this battle to Posada in Arge, on the road between Cmpulung and Bran, not based on concrete evidence, but because it should have taken place there; he even admitted to have done so. The variant proposed by Iorga is supported also by Victor Motonga, 1923, N.A. Constantinescu, 1930 and t. tefnescu, 1970, although they do not specify the precise location of this Posada. Historian Ilie Minea, 1931, proposed the hypothesis according to which the battle was waged on the territory of locality Stoeneti from Arge, not far from the cloister of Negru Vod. Instead, Dimitrie Onciul who bet also on the variant of locating the battle in Arge considered that such battle took place somewhere in the mountains near Curtea de Arge. I. Lupa, 1932, starting from the hypothesis advanced by D. Onciul, located the battle in the gorges around Arge. Gr.Tocilescu moved this battle from some place around Arge into the Gorj Mountains, relying on the fact that the monastic tradition from the Tismana Monastery

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Boia a locality near the Cineni gorge. Conea placed the famous limes alutanus and via lapidea on the same route. 31 Conea supported his statements with the works of Fr. Schwanz who spoke about the impossibility to cross the Valea Oltului and about the technical difficulties of building a road in that area.

Ctlina CRSTEA 115 placed the battled in Posada Gurenilor from Gorj. Instead, A. D. Xenopol went for Valea Prahovei, considering that the battle in question was waged at Ghergia, some 2 days walk from Sibiu, relying on the report of the traveler Maciej Stryjkowski (1547 - 1582), telling about the monument erected by Basarab I at the location of the battle to honor his victory. Starting from the same report, Florian-Nicu Smrndescu, 1991, considered that Posada should be located on Valea Prahovei, on the place of the cloister named by the people Trei Lespezi, beyond Gherghia. Excluding these hypotheses, Ion Conea comes up with a new hypothesis stating that such defile must be that from Pripoare. This hypothesis had already been formulated a year earlier, in 1934, by Aurelian Sacerdoeanu. Both Aurelian Sacerdoeanu and Ion Conea have three shared hypotheses: the retreat of the Hungarian army as fugitives, the choice of the shortest route, and the use of the old plai road of Lovitea (drumul vechi de plai al Lovitei). Although some hypotheses are shared, Conea will support his theory by geographical arguments, namely: - the Hungarians were not acquainted with the Carpathian gorges and passes; - the Hungarian king would not have risked a return from Castrum Argias (Arefu) towards Curtea de Arges, where he could have encountered other fortresses or where he could be attacked; - the road from Arefu to the Podul Dmboviei would have been too long, because they should have made a large detour as there was no direct road; - the army should have traveled at least 40 km to Bran over several peaks oriented along a North-South axis, while the road to Lovitea was much more accessible, it was only 30 km long, and could have been traveled in 2 days, as the chronicle mentioned; - this road was certainly well known by the Hungarians, as it was an old frequently traveled road; - on this road, the place that best fits the description from Chronicon Pictum is the Northern end of the Periani couloir, occupied today by the village of Pripoare, a remarkably narrow and wild place. A supporter of this idea was Dinu C. Giurescu. In 1973, Dinu C. Giurescu drew attention to the possibility that Posada should be, in fact, located in the Lovitea Land, bringing one of the arguments advanced by professor Conea. However, Giurescu makes no reference that someone had already launched this hypothesis, 20 years ago: the precise location of this memorable battle is unknown... Yet, from the Arge Fortress (Castro Argias) where the Hungarian army had reached, the shortest way is not through Cmpulung, Bran and Braov, but through Lovitea and, then, on the Valea Oltului towards Sibiu. Also tefan Pascu, 1962, Ion Ionacu, 1966 and Andrei Pandrea, 1967, support the same opinion. Although Iorgas theory has been generally accepted by historians so far, the theory stated by Ion Conea seems to be correct. As a result of certain digging works carried out by archeologists in August 2008 at Pripoare, sufficient archaeological evidence was found to prove that the Posada Battle was located there. The results obtained were officially confirmed further to a press conference, where the project coordinators stated that, "The measurements made by our team prove the fact that the only location where the Posada Battle could have taken place in 1330 is the one from PoenariPerisani."32 These findings made the officials of the Pripoare locality organize on a yearly basis the celebration of the Posada Battle in the period comprised between the 9th and the

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Bogdan Nicula, Btlia de la Posada a avut loc la Periani, Monitorul de Vlcea, Ediia 23034, 18.05.2009.

116 The importance of Ion Conea in the research of the elements of Carpathian.... 12th of November. Thus, the validity of the theory issued by Ion Conea and Aurelian Sacerdoeanu was officially proven almost 70 years since they stated it.

3.4. Ion Conea a supporter of the continuity of the Romanian people in the Carpathian area
The series of highly challenged theories included the idea according to which Celei from the Diploma Ioaniilor was located in Gorj. The reason for which professor Conea located Celei in Gorj pertained to his personal beliefs; if Conea had claimed that it was Celei from the Danube, then he would have stated that the Hungarians had ruled over the entire Oltenia. Coneas theory was challenged in 1977 by Constantin C. Giurescu, in his work Probleme controversate n istoriografia romn. Constantin C. Giurescu questioned the three leads on which Conea had based his theory, i.e.: from a geographical point of view, the existence of a huge rmnic (uria rmnic) that is a pond with fish (iaz de pete); the inhabitants confirmed the existence of ponds in the past, especially of those ponds resulting from floods; the fishes, especially the trout from Celei, were famous throughout the region. He counteracted the three hypotheses formulated by Conea as follows: - had there been a rmnic, a dam should have also been built there; and, therefore, remnants of such dam should have been left in evidence, as in the case of other ponds. - the quantities of fish should have been considerable to provide an income significant enough to tempt the Hungarian king to request tithes (dijm) from the fish caught. - a pond in Gorj, even a large one, could not have yielded the enormous quantities of fish which were mentioned, while a pool near the Danube, which - during floods - became connected to the river, could easily provide such quantities. - the term of piscinae used in the Diploma of the Joannites (Diploma Ioaniilor) referred to manmade works. Constantin C. Giurescu concluded that the Celei at issue was the one on the Danube, near Romanai, and not the one from Gorj. New research also disproved Coneas hypothesis on Oltenias status in the 13th century and the extent of the Hungarian kingdoms rule until the limit represented by the Sub-Carpathians. In 1993, erban Papacostea, in his work Romnii n secolul al XIII-lea, brought new arguments to clarify the situation of the Romanian knzayates (cnezate) of Litovoi, Farca, and Ioan. These knyazates seemed to be under the Hungarian rule, which occupied the entire Oltenia to the Danube. Nevertheless, they had a special vassalage status granted by king Bella. The status of these knyazates is also recorded in the famous Diploma of the Joannites of 1247. As he was a convinced nationalist, Conea could not accept this in 1935. In addition, to admit that Oltenia was ruled by Hungarians in the Middle Ages and that Romanian knyazes paid tribute to Hungarians, considering the interwar geo-political context, would have been a mistake. Conea was an adept of the Dacian theory per se; most of his geopolitical studies clearly aimed at demonstrating the continuity and unity of the Romanian people in the Carpathian-Danubian-Pontic space. Subjectivism was clearly manifest in the case of Celei from Gorj, as well as in the professors tendency to locate most of unsolved historical events in the Oltenia Mountains and in the Haeg Land.. However, professor Conea has great merit in that, through his studies of historical geography, he managed: to bring out new theories and hypotheses on

Ctlina CRSTEA 117 the location and specification of certain historical facts; to bring new evidence regarding the origin, continuity and existence of the Romanian people on the current Romanian territory; to demonstrate the humanizing and social role played by the Carpathians, which he named o ar nalt (a high country), and nowise un hotar natural (a natural boundary)33, as some foreign authors had tried to demonstrate; to establish the existence of the Romanian peoples ethnogenesis space in the Ortiei Mountains (that kernland of which Kjellen speaks), taking a first step towards geopolitics. He also provided a number of arguments on the Ardeal issue, as well as on the role played by Transylvania in relation to the unity of the Romanian people. Thus, Transylvania represented a starting point, a geopolitical seed meant to bear fruits and give shape to a state formation around itself34 (punct de plecare, smbure geopolitic destinat s rodeasc i s contureze jur-mprejur de sine o formaie de stat). Starting from this statement, he further affirmed that in the Great Romania (Romnia Mare), Transylvania acted as a central, vital piece, while in the Great Hungary (Ungaria Mare/Nagy-Magyarorszg) it acted as a geo-economical and geo-political peripheral piece. In this way, Transylvania was the Mittelpunkt of Romania, the area where they start, with varying intensity measuring the States health, economic, cultural, and demographic pulse, etc. He supported his statements by numerous geographical, historical, toponymic, and ethnographical arguments, combining them successfully. Coneas entire scientific discourse, based on passion, activism, dynamism, and scientific nature, aimed at highlighting historical geography. What he wanted was to have a Romanian geo-history similar in design to what Vidal de la Blanche had accomplished in his Tableau de la geographie de la France or to what Lucien Febvre had realized in his La Terre et l'Evolution Humaine, as well as Hugo Hassinger in his Geographisches Grundlangen der Geschichte: ... we are so very much behind other people! Indeed, to keep up with France in this regard would be almost like having ...Coressi as the author of a work entitled: Geographical Comments on Trajans Expeditions in Dacia! But we do not have such a work today. (What a miracle this would be!). But we do not know today the precise location of the capital of Decebalus, the Dacian Sarmisegetusa. The Dacian fortresses (respectively, their ruins) are waiting on the peaks of the Sebe mountains to be investigated. No one is disturbing their millennial peace. We do not have yet a specialist historian who treaded all those peaks hiding the fortresses... However, they were treaded by...Ackner, Goss, Neigebauer, ...Davies. (Conea, 1939). He severely criticized historians, urging them at the same time to find solutions in related sciences, such as geography.

CONCLUSIONS
Ion Conea had numerous contributions to the history and geography of the Carpathian Mountains, as he was deeply connected and impressed with this space. At the same time, his contributions were and still are debatable; historians particularly disagree with the explanations provided by the professor in connection with certain elliptic

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In his study Carpaii, hotar natural?, Ion Conea provided a series of arguments regarding the central role played by these mountains in the history of the Romanian people. 34 Conea I., Transilvania, inim a pmntului i statului romnesc, 1943.

118 The importance of Ion Conea in the research of the elements of Carpathian.... localizations from ancient or medieval documents. Notwithstanding this fact, his greatest achievements consist in the elaboration of the methodology he used. Although his methodological discourse, still valid, is characterized by a remarkable logic, coherence and clarity, the hypotheses formulated by the professor with regard to the geographical corrections in the history of the Romanians are not completely accepted. Two possible explanations could be provided in this respect: the shortage of information and evidence of that time, and the professors predisposition to the research of the Meridional Carpathians, with emphasis placed on the Oltenia Mountains, the Lovitea Land and the Haeg Land. Ion Coneas primary quality resides, however, in the fact that he avoided imposing his hypotheses as historiographic axioms, as other historians do. In his study, professor Conea preferred to impose his ideas in a convincing manner, through their persuasive repetition.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT
This work was supported by project: POSDRU/88/1.5/S/61150 Doctoral Studies in the field of life and earth sciences, project co-financed through Sectorial Operational Program for the Development of Human Resources 2007-2013 from European Social Fund.

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